UK Members: Post for Research Fellow in Musicians’ Earnings at the University of Leeds

For the UK Members

The School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds wishes to recruit a fixed-term Research Fellow working full-time from 4 January 2021 until 31 March 2021 on Musicians’ Earnings in the Digital Age, a research project led by Professor David Hesmondhalgh and funded by Research England’s Quality-Related Strategic Priorities Fund (QR-SPF). There is no need to be based in Leeds for the duration of the project, but unfortunately the position is only open to candidates who have UK citizenship (this is out of the control of the research team, as is the duration of the funding).  

Further details are here including a link to the online application form (the ‘Apply Online’ tab at the bottom of the page). The closing date for applications is Tuesday 15 December, shortlisting is on 16 December, and online interviews will be held on the morning of 17 December.  

This research extends an existing project on Music Creators’ Earnings, funded by the UK Intellectual Property Office, and led by Dr Hyojung Sun (University of Ulster), who will also work on the new project. Dr Richard Osborne (Middlesex University) is co-investigator on both projects.

You will work with Professor Hesmondhalgh, Doctor Sun and Doctor Osborne, to gather, collect and analyse evidence concerning changes in musicians’ earnings from recordings. This will include interviews with key stakeholders, and datasets regarding music streaming and other sources of musician income. Part of the research will concern the potential implications of a shift on the part of audio-visual companies towards paying musicians on the basis of “buy-outs” rather than royalties. You will also provide general administrative support for the project, such as arranging and checking transcriptions. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:  

David Hesmondhalgh, Professor of Media, Music and Culture, University of Leeds


Location: Leeds – Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Cultures
School/Institute: School of Media and Communication
Category: Research
Grade: Grade 7
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (4th January to 31st March 2021)
Release Date: Tuesday 01 December 2020
Closing Date: Tuesday 15 December 2020
Reference: AHCMC1054
Downloads: Candidate Brief  
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